Get Involved, Internet: Fund a Wet Hot American Summer RPG

Here’s one for anyone who’s ever needed advice from a talking can of mixed vegetables, or just longed to be Paul Rudd tossing silverware: Comedy publisher The Devastator has just launched a new Kickstarter seeking funds for a tabletop RPG based on Wet Hot American Summer.

Capturing a day in the life of Camp Firewood (or a camp of your own creation), the book features a foreword from writer and director David Wain, plus interviews with Michael Ian Black, Joe Lo Truglio, and Marguerite Moreau, offering tips on how best to portray their WHAS characters. (You can also design your own camper, if you want to unleash the ultimate talent show champion that doesn’t suck dick.)

Designed to look like the “gernal” of Rudd’s rebellious loner Andy, the book features sections on exploring and designing the camp, setting up activities, and potential plot hooks like saving the camp, or just getting as laid as humanly possible. Kickstarter rewards include digital and printed version of the manual, plus a jar of Gene’s dick cream, or stick team, or whatever it was you think he said.

Source: avclub.com

“Mad Men” Screencaptures

Hello. I added to the gallery screencaptures from TV Series Mad Men. Enjoy!

   

Wine Country Rendezvous: The Making of You Can’t Say No, Starring Peter Fonda and Friends

By that standard one would think that the majority of independent filmmakers would be “lucky.” After all, we’re notoriously hard workers, and when we do indeed reach that hallowed ground called principal photography, then the gods have obviously granted us opportunity. And yet, for decades the pages of MovieMaker have been filled with interviews of indie directors and producers who tell interesting but almost exclusively bloody production “war stories.” The trenches are filled with accounts of lost financing, DPs who quit for more lucrative jobs at the last moment, bricks thrown through the wrong car windows that almost kill actresses (yes, I saw that happen) and the like.

This is not one of those articles. Lady luck smiled on Paul Kramer and Hus Miller’s You Can’t Say No virtually from the moment Hus finished the script. The story follows a couple, Hank and Alex Murphy, who are on the verge of divorce who decide to play a “game” designed to either bring them closer through better communication and trust—or to provide a more graceful, humane break than most couples in their situation allow themselves. The rules of the game are simple—no matter what one of them asks the other to do, the other must not refuse.

While YCSN is a romantic comedy, its origins were serious and close to the heart for screenwriter, producer and star Miller, who had himself gone through a rough patch personally just prior to writing the script. As in the movies, Miller’s personal story had a happy ending, but it was the writing that provided a real catharsis.

The concept came about because I’d been thinking of how to re-energize my own relationship,” he says. “As soon as I came up with the idea, I knew I had to write it. It was something I needed to get out.” Miller stresses that while the story is not an exact account of his own 14-year marriage, he was writing about things that were very personal for him and his wife.

And was she good with that?” I asked.

To an extent. But when I started sharing it with her she’d say, ‘Well, it didn’t happen like that,’ and I’d say, ‘Yeah, because it’s a story.’”

Some of the comedic situations did indeed happen to Miller and his wife, some happened to friends of his who were going through similar periods in their marriages. When he thought about it becoming a movie and he was able to nail down the very specific location where it takes place (a 46-acre Sonoma area winery whose owner became an executive producer on the film) it all came together very quickly.

I was about two months into the writing when I knew it was going to be a movie.” Talk about motivation.

Miller says he didn’t initially have himself in mind to play the lead, even though he’s been acting since he was four years old.

It definitely didn’t start out as a vehicle for me. But later I I realized that this is my life, I put so much of myself into it, nobody else is going to play this role.

Though eventually he wants to direct, too, he had no desire to do it this time around. Writing, acting, and producing were plenty. So he enlisted his longtime colleague Paul Kramer to helm. Hus previously made nine shorts with Kramer, an American Zoetrope alum who worked alongside Francis Ford Coppola. This is the first feature for both of them, and though they envisioned it as a tiny film, the scope continued to grow from its initial budget of $500K to almost $1.2m. The shoot took 18 days, with five days of pickups.

Marguerite Moreau, who plays Alex Murphy, is still amazed that a first-time producer like Miller could keep it together while playing a character that’s so close to himself. “It’s super hard to play a character that’s so close to the bone. You can talk yourself into circles sometimes and get confused… Like, ‘Am I doing enough?’ It’s not even like, ‘This happened to me and maybe I’m doing something psychologically damaging to myself, it’s more like literally talking yourself out of any connection to it, because it’s too close.’

Full interview: moviemaker.com

Thriller ‘Overexposed’ begins production in Oklahoma

The feature film “Overexposed” will begin principal photography Feb. 6 in Oklahoma City and Guthrie.

The movie is using the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, administered by the Oklahoma Film + Music Office.

The state film and music office, along with producer Rob Allyn of Margate House Films and producer-financier Simon Fawcett and executive producer Larry Mortorff of UK-based Atlantic Screen Productions, made the announcement today.

We are excited to bring ‘Overexposed’ to Oklahoma,” said Rob Allyn in a news release. “The state is a perfect fit for the American-heartland setting of our film. It’s an important film and the local community has been instrumental in helping to bring our story from page to screen.

Director Conor Allyn is returning to Oklahoma after helming the film “Forsaken,” which accessed the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program in summer 2016.

I’m thrilled to return with another exciting film and to be embraced by the exceptional community of filmmakers here. It’s a spectacular place to work, and we are thrilled to be part of OF+MO’s success in building film industry jobs here,” said Conor Allyn in the release.

“Overexposed” is a gritty, topical thriller dealing with important social issues. In small-town Oklahoma, a teenage girl, whose mother is the local sheriff, is caught up in a sexting scandal that leads to panic, outrage and murder. The film teams writer/director Conor Allyn’s Margate House Films with Atlantic Screen Productions for the first of several planned co-productions between the U.S. and British international production companies.

Between the authentic locations, the crew and overall support, we felt that there was no better place for us to film than Oklahoma,” said Fawcett in the news release.

“Overexposed” will be lensed by Oklahoma’s own Director of Photography Sam Calvin and star Marguerite Moreau (“Wet Hot American Summer”), Mary Katherine Duhon, Dave Maldonado and Taylor Murphy.

The production is being managed by local Oklahoma Production Manager Nathan Gardocki with a crew comprised almost entirely of Oklahoma residents.

The production of ‘Overexposed’ marks Conor Allyn’s second feature film in Oklahoma in less than a year,” said Oklahoma Film + Music Office Director Tava Maloy Sofsky in the release. “The longevity of the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program is necessary to attract producers who have a number of potential productions which ultimately provide Oklahoma’s crew and film services on-going job and business opportunities.

Source: newsok.com

Love Always, Santa screencaps

I’ve added captures of Marguerite from the movie Love Always, Santa. Enjoy!

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